Individualized, purposeful, personal.

For our students, these three words sum up the GPS college counseling experience.
The college process at GPS focuses on the girl, not the college, and students are encouraged to take an active role in their own college search. By learning to consider their individual strengths and stories, students can then discover the colleges and universities that best meet their needs and aspirations. To assist them, the college counselors will help them develop a college list based on their unique criteria.

College Counseling by Grade & Special Events

The road to college is a series of questions and answers, both for the counselors and for each girl as she seeks the college that will be “the best fit.” To help each girl develop her plan for finding her choice college, the College Counseling office has developed a multi-year process.

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  • Freshman & Sophomore Years

    Each freshman and sophomore has an opportunity to meet with her counselor and register on the college database management system SCOIR. Parents are invited to attend Cup of College  (early morning coffee sessions) or quarterly open office hours.

    Quarterly newsletters go out to Upper School families, and each sophomore is assigned a counselor in her second semester.
  • Junior Year

    The college process picks up pace in students’ junior year, beginning with a Countdown to College brunch in September. At the brunch, each girl reviews a copy of her transcript, and counselors discuss topics such as teacher recommendations, college visits, and what questions should be asked on a college tour. 

    Midyear small group lunches preview the upcoming college classes, which start in the second semester, with getting-to-know-you questionnaires that reveal the nonacademic side of each girl. Classes generate lots of discussions among girls about what to look for in a college, how to write a résumé and use social media platforms in the admission process, and how to craft their personal stories. A college scavenger hunt introduces girls to schools they may not have considered. 

    The Road to College evening program features a panel of college admissions deans and is open to all students and their parents. During the school day, the deans lead the students in small groups through sample fictional applications, or case studies.

    Girls and their parents join with the counselors in individual conferences during the second semester and through the summer. Here they start to develop their college lists, are encouraged to go on college tours, and have discussions about financial aid and scholarships.
  • Senior Year

    In summer workshops, girls move from brainstorming essay ideas to a first draft. An additional application boot camp guides students through the multiple applications they will submit. 

    After school starts, a quick College Class 2.0 reviews applications and scholarships, short answer responses and essays, social media, and etiquette. A College Process Planner helps seniors keep track of deadlines and other responsibilities. Throughout the year, girls are welcome in the college offices to conference with their counselors, and a special Milk and Cookies day opens the offices for girls to work on essays and hopefully submit one.

    Each girl’s decision is announced on social media through active Twitter and Instagram accounts (@GPSCollege) and on the May 1 common reply date, the office hosts a signing day celebration.
  • Special Events

    • A program with the athletic office provides guidance in understanding NCAA rules and regulations. 
    • A Financial Aid Night features a speaker from a college financial aid office. Emory University and Rhodes College have participated in the past.
    • Six morning Cup of College sessions are scheduled for parents to get their own questions answered and often receive advice from parents of alumnae.
    • Newsletters for all grades (monthly for 11-12, quarterly for 9-10) cover college admission trends, upcoming dates, and deadlines.
    • A Winterim College Tour (California, D.C./Baltimore, Philly/NY, and Texas universities have been toured in the past.)
    • A faculty member who was a panhellenic advisor presents a workshop to seniors on Greek life.
    • GPS cosponsors the annual citywide Coast-to-Coast College Fair and coordinates three College Nights with McCallie in the fall for sophomores and juniors.

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Meet the College Counseling Staff

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GPS College Graduates from the Classes of 2011-14

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GPS Class of 2020 College Acceptance List

Agnes Scott College | American University | Appalachian State University* | Arizona State University (Tempe) | Auburn University* | Augusta University* | Austin Peay State University | Baylor University* | Bellarmine University | Belmont University* | Bentley University | Berry College | Birmingham Southern College | Boston University* | Brevard College | Carson-Newman University | Centre College* | Chapman University | Clemson University* | Coastal Carolina University* | College of Charleston | College of William and Mary | Colorado State University | Columbia College (Chicago) | Columbus State University* | Covenant College | Dallas Baptist University | Dickinson College | Drexel University | Duke University* | East Tennessee State University* | Eckerd College | Elon University | Emory University | Florida Gulf Coast University | Florida Southern College | Florida State University | Fordham University* | Furman University | George Mason University | George Washington University* | Georgia College | Georgia Institute of Technology | Georgia Southern University* | Harvard University* | Howard University* | Jacksonville State University | Jacksonville University | James Madison University | Kennesaw State University | Lee University* | Lincoln Memorial University | Lipscomb University* | Long Island University (Brooklyn) | Louisiana State University* | Loyola Marymount University | Loyola University Chicago | Loyola University Maryland | Loyola University New Orleans | Marquette University | Marshall University | Maryville College | Mercer University | Miami University | Middle Tennessee State University | Mississippi State University | Montana State University* | Muhlenberg College | New York University | North Carolina State University | Northeastern University | Northern Kentucky University* | Nova Southeastern University* | Oglethorpe University* | Oxford College of Emory University | Pepperdine University | Purdue University* | Rhodes College | Rice University* | Roanoke College | Rollins College | Saint Edward's University | Saint Louis University | Samford University* | San Diego State University | Savannah College of Art and Design* | Sewanee: The University of the South* | Southern Illinois University (Carbondale)* | Southern Methodist University | St Andrews University* | Stanford University | Stetson University | Tennessee Technological University | Texas Christian University* | Texas Tech University* | The College of Wooster | The University of Alabama* | The University of Tampa | The University of Tennessee (Chattanooga)* | The University of Tennessee (Knoxville)* | The University of Tennessee (Martin) | The University of West Florida | Trinity University | Troy University* | Tulane University* | Union University* | University of Alabama at Birmingham | University of Alabama in Huntsville* | University of Arizona | University of Arkansas | University of California Los Angeles | University of Colorado Boulder* | University of Denver | University of Georgia | University of Iowa | University of Kansas* | University of Kentucky | University of Memphis* | University of Mississippi* | University of Missouri (Columbia) | University of New Mexico | University of North Carolina at Asheville | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | University of North Carolina at Charlotte* | University of Oklahoma | University of Pittsburgh | University of Rhode Island | University of Richmond | University of San Francisco | University of South Carolina* | University of Southern California* | University of Virginia | Vanderbilt University | Wake Forest University* | Washington and Lee University | Western Carolina University | Wittenberg University | Wofford College | Young Harris College

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